Published: Fri, March 15, 2019
Worldwide | By Jermaine Blake

The best and the worst city to live in Latin America

The best and the worst city to live in Latin America

According to the latest annual survey by Mercer Management Consulting, Taipei ranks as No.84 in the world for its quality of living, while Taichung comes in at No.101.

"We continue to see huge forward-thinking policies that have enabled Singapore to develop economically and infrastructurally, bringing benefits to its residents, whilst making the city Asia's most attractive destination for foreign talent", he added. Auckland, Munich, and Vancouver - the highest ranking North American city for the last decade - came in joint third.

In Asia, Singapore has the highest quality of living at 25th place, followed by Tokyo and Kobe (joint 49th).

The survey also highlighted notable cities in South-east Asia, such as Kuala Lumpur, Bangkok, Manila and Jakarta.

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Chennai was ranked the safest city in South Asia with a factor-wise ranking of 105 while Colombo, at 138, topped the region.

Mercer assesses 450 cities around the world and ranks 231 based off factors including crime levels, personal safety, public services and transportation, political and social environment, recreation, housing, education, economy, and medical and health considerations.

"Quality of living is determined by many factors, from access to public transport and traffic congestion levels, to the availability of housing and worldwide schools, to a city's cultural scene", Mercer said in a statement, without specifying how Vienna keeps edging out Zurich. In Western Europe, a few cities - including Paris, Athens, and Madrid - saw a decline in personal safety due to terror attacks and internal instabilities.

Yerevan is ranked 170th among 231 cities, in between Jilin (China) and Vientiane (Laos). Luxembourg is on the top of it, Syrian Damascus is the most unsafe. Bangui, capital of the Central African Republic, and Sanaa in Yemen were 230th and 229th respectively. As many as 13 of the world's top 20 spots were taken by European cities.

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